Pushing tobacco sales farther away from kids

By Jillian Marshall

April 23, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 4:35 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton is fighting back against tobacco sales targeted to students.

Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes and more are no longer allowed to be sold or advertised near Binghamton City Schools.

City Council approved an amendment to the Code of the City of Binghamton at its meeting Wednesday night.

This amendment pushes advertising and sale of tobacco products 500 feet farther off all school property lines.

"There's a lot of research out there that highlights that a lot of businesses through marketing and other means are targeting young people to start smoking at a very young age," said Binghamton City Council member Lea Webb.

This amendment does not affect any existing businesses; they will be grandfathered into the rule.

Webb said this was approved with the help of the Broome County Health Department and its Tobacco Free Coalition, as well as local students who spoke at City Council to fight against tobacco near their schools.

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